I love “O” magazine! The spring issues are especially enjoyable for me. It’s always great when experts share their thoughts, and you realize that you’re on the same page. The March 2015 issue has useful ideas on decluttering your space, so I recommend you check it out. At the same time, it will cheer you up to see the gorgeous colours, hot pink, citrus shades of orange, melon and lemon, and yummy turquoise. [Read more…]
The new year always seems to bring out the desire to change or re-invent ourselves, our homes, our spouse or partner, our wardrobe , our weight, you name it. It must be hard-wired into our brains that, in the cold, dark days of January in Ottawa, seeing as we’re already miserable because of the weather, we may as well find fault with something else.
Sometimes a little change is enough to distract you, and the next thing you know it’s February. If you’re feeling restless in these post-celebration weeks, and you’re not about to head south, you can make some small changes to your home that won’t break the bank or over-tax your exhausted brain. Let’s try a little exercise to flex your organizing muscles a little bit:
Pick a room in your home that you’re not in love with at the moment, and take as much out of it as you can without a helper.
Let’s say it’s the kitchen. Remove everything from the counter tops, the table top, the cook top, things stacked against the cabinets, things on top of and stuck to the refrigerator, the little stacks of mail, coupons, grocery lists, reminders, the vitamin supplements, etc. Isn’t it stunning how much there is?
Now look at each item. Ask yourself three questions:
Do I use this item frequently?
Do I love this item?
Is this item making my life work better for me?
If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions, put the item in the ‘safe‘ pile.
If you answer ‘no’ to ‘Do I love this item?’, is it possible to replace this indispensible item with a reasonably priced version that is in a colour you love, or that doesn’t make as much noise, or works faster? What has to happen for you to love this thing? Or is it something you only need temporarily? So use it and get it out of your way! Or put it where it would make more sense in your home, like the tool box or your son’s bedroom or the recycling bin. Just get it out of your way. If it’s not making your life work better for you, you have the right to get it out of your way.
This easy organizing process of asking 3 little questions can be applied all over your home. Even if you end up keeping 3/4 of the things because you have to be practical and you need them, think of that 1/4 you gave the boot! What a great feeling. You should feel proud of yourself.
And in the cold, dark days of January in Ottawa, that little change in your surroundings that makes you remember that you are in control, that you can make a difference, may be all you need to get you through to February, which is, thank goodness, a short month.
Compliments of the season! I set myself a goal of designing twelve custom Christmas trees this December. There’s quite a variety of themes and colour schemes, traditional and a little more adventurous. I hope you’ll have time to look at all of them, or at least find one that takes your fancy. Details can be obtained by contacting me, firstname.lastname@example.org, and will be posted shortly under Services – Christmas Interiors on my website.
This Christmas Tree will bring a smile to the pet lover’s face. It pays tribute to our favourite furry friends, our cats and dogs. We have a dear little dog, a coton de tulear, and she is both our baby and our boss. [Read more…]
When the elves on this Christmas tree made my acquaintance, I knew they had to come home with me. They fit in perfectly with my idea of a slightly different Christmas colour scheme – vivid red, aqua and lime green on a dazzling white tree. Have a good look, they’re in there! [Read more…]
When I finished decorating this Christmas tree, I was so pleased (tickled pink??) with the result that I had to text a couple of friends to get their reaction, in case it was just me. This tree is darling and girlie, and I think anyone who has had daughters, granddaughters, or been a daughter, will have a similar reaction: “Awwwwwwww”. [Read more…]
Cardinals have a special place in my family, especially at Christmas. To this day, when there’s a striking, vivid red cardinal at our bird feeder, I’m delighted to see him, but am equally eager to see ‘the Missus’ arrive. The theme of Christmas Cardinals was one of my first ideas for the Twelve Trees of Christmas, pairing the drama of these beautiful red birds against the forest green and the natural element of berries – lots of both, a veritable riot of red. [Read more…]
This tree is feminine, almost ethereal in its elegance, and more muted in its non-traditional colour scheme. This lovely Christmas tree in lavender, violet, magenta, silver, and different shades of green, on a striking white tree, is a conversation piece. It’s festive and chic, sophisticated but fun. [Read more…]
This tree is a treasure trove of charming, little-boy-blue Christmas ornaments! Yes, I know it may seem sexist of me to go so heavily with the blue booties, the blue blankie in the stork’s bill, the blue kangaroo mum with her joey in her pouch. Forgive me, I just couldn’t help myself! [Read more…]
Nothing says ‘festive’ like beautiful, bold crimson in your Christmas decor. In this more traditional Christmas style, the red ornaments really pop against the deep forest green of this pre-lit tree. [Read more…]
I loved doing this Christmas tree! Not only is it adorable, but it really makes me feel nostalgic for reading “The Night Before Christmas” with my older sister when we were growing up. Plus, I can appreciate all the delightful-looking treats on this tree without gaining an ounce! Talk about win-win! [Read more…]